Daily Walking with God

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Walking in the Word

Plant City's First Baptist Church

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I love this photo of me and my man walking the streets/alleyways of Sweden.

I love this photo of me and my man walking the streets/alleyways of Sweden.

Come, let us bow down and worship Him! Let us kneel before the Lord who made us.  He is our God, and we are the people He cares for, His sheep that walk by His side. Listen to His voice today. Psalm 95:6-7 ERV

There is so much solid information in these two verses, yet I want to focus on one preposition…beside.

When I read the word, beside, I thought about how a parent walks beside a child or a husband and wife walking next to one another. To me, this indicates a relationship.

Think about it, if someone is walking in front of or behind you, and you are trying to carry on a conversation, you may find yourself saying, “What did you say?”. Our hearing (at least mine, the older I get) isn’t as keen compared to being beside someone.

There is a poem (the author is supposedly Albert Camus, but that is up for debate according to my source) that goes like this:

Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Ladies and Gentlemen, guess what? JESUS IS your FRIEND.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Sure, He is in front of…leading and guiding, behind of and above…protecting, but for today, rest in the fact that He is BESIDE you, holding your hand and being your friend. He is the BEST friend you could ever have! Your relationship with Jesus is the most important and valuable bond you could be affiliated with.

Just as the last few words of verse say, Listen to His voice today, grab His hand and walk beside Him and LISTEN to His voice.

Have a beautiful day.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

#jesusismyfriend #walkbesideme #realtionship

These baseboards seriously needed some attention.

These baseboards seriously needed some attention.

Today was a deep-cleaning kind of day.

One of my kids walked in and discovered me on the floor, surrounded by cleaning supplies, where I was wiping down the baseboards and bottom of our island. While I was down there, I went ahead and polished the legs of the barstools also. I told them, “Today I’m doing the kind of job that no one will notice, but it needs to get done.”

I mentioned that even though this job may go unnoticed or unappreciated, in the long run it makes a difference because it will help the furniture last longer. When we take care of things, they shine and just may be with us generations to come. (Much like the dining table, that I also polished, was the table I sat around when I was a wee little girl.)

The thought came to my mind that relationships are the same way.

Think about it…when you are in a relationship, whether it is between you and your spouse, or child, or parent, or friend, if you take the time to invest in it, it typically lasts longer. Yes, there are varying variables that can intrude and cause friction, but taking care of the other person in the relationship adds value and longevity to your bond.

Likewise, tie that into your relationship with Christ. Invest in this relationship. It IS the most important one you will ever have! The bond between you and Jesus will make you shine, and can and should be one that will last for generations to come when you share this kinship with your kin.

I pray that you will allow God to “polish” you and make you shine for Him.  It doesn’t matter how dirty you are…God will make you clean.  Run to Him!

“If we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.” 1 John 1:9

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Enjoy soaking up The Son come rain or shine.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie.